Business South May 2021

18 | DEVELOPMENT Higgs Construction New church signifies a new beginning T Richard Loader T to page 20 J.B.Joinery Ltd 18 Hands Road, Addington PO Box 6062, Christchurch Ph 03 338 4159 For all your commercial & residential joinery NO JOB TOO BIG OR TOO SMALL New Roof, Reroof, Residential, Commercial & Architectural Because... “It’s not just a roof” Contact us about your next project. Ph 03 338 0400 or via our website ROOFING C A N T E R B U R Y L T D W hen St Mary’s Church in Merivale and St Matthew’s Church in St Albans were damaged beyond repair in Christchurch’s earthquake events, their respective parishes decided to join together as one; building a new Church known as All Souls’ Church — signifying a new beginning. The chosen site was that of St Mary’s on Church Lane in Merivale. Cherished and holy grounds, it has been the site of a Church since 1866 when the first wooden structure was built. Designed by Warren and Mahoney, the beautiful new All Souls 21 st Century Church was built by Higgs Construction and opened its doors to parishioners August 2018. Providing a worship space for up to 250 people, a large foyer links a hall, the church and a chapel. The first space you walk into when entering the church, the foyer has become very much a hospitality space, accommodating up to sixty people. Above the entrance door a sign declares ‘All Human Kind Around One Table’, setting the tone to share a cuppa, some food and what has been happening in your day. The Reverend Megan Herles-Mooar has been part of All Souls’ journey from the begin- ning, and an integral member of the design team. Megan says the use of the foyer has exceeded all expectations. “When we were designing the foyer we didn’t realise what a beautiful space it would be; how it would shape us and our theology. If a building can shape the way we worship then our foyer has helped shape how we care and be open with our hospitality.